One Day in Seville Spain: What You Absolutely Can’t Miss!

One day in Seville Spain

To be completely honest, one day in Seville Spain isn’t enough! However, there’s no reason to panic if that’s all the time you have. With the help of our 1 day Seville guide, you’ll be able to see so many of the best things in the city. This has become one of our favorite destinations in Spain, as its filled with endless tapa bars and historic sites. The best part is it’s all easily walkable! If we went back in time to our first visit, this is exactly how we would spend one day in Seville Spain.

Planning One Day in Seville Spain

Think of this as a quick cheat sheet for planning your trip. Everything in this one day in Seville article is based on our own experiences to help guide you through the city.

Where to Stay in Madrid 

  • On our last visit to Seville we stayed at Intelier Casa de Indias. It’s located right across from the Setas de Sevilla which is the large art piece that looks like mushrooms! 
  • Hotel Fernando III is in the middle of the lively Santa Cruz neighborhood. It has a beautiful rooftop terrace with a swimming pool to enjoy.
  • If you want to stay near the Royal Palace, then Hotel Legado Alcazar is a great pick. Some rooms even have views of the stunning gardens.
  • Traveling on a budget? Check out La Banda Rooftop Hostel. Just as the names states, it has an epic rooftop overlooking the city!

Seville Hotels

Seville Airport: Take a taxi or pre-book a private transfer. The airport is only about a 20 minute drive from the city centre.

There is also an airport bus which runs roughly every 30 minutes for those trying to save some money. When it comes to booking flights, we always recommend checking Skyscanner and Expedia in Europe. 

Seville Tain Station: The train station is a bit closer to the city than the airport. We took a taxi from the Seville Santa Justa station to the hotel, and it was just under 10 Euros. Be sure to look at Omio for all the best routes and prices if you’re taking the train.

Weather Warning: One thing to keep in mind is that Seville gets scorching hot in the summer months. For this reason, we recommend traveling here in the spring or fall if possible. We recently visited in March and had such perfect and warm weather!

How to Spend One Day in Seville Spain

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One Day in Seville Spain Itinerary

Breakfast at Bar El Comercio

There’s no better way to start your one day in Seville than with a traditional Spanish breakfast. This is a small cafe located on one of the popular walking streets in the city.

We love it so much, we try to go every time we’re here! The bar area is small, but if you’re lucky you’ll be able to get a seat. 

So what should you order at Bar El Comercio? It’s become routine to begin our mornings with a cafe con leche. You’ll also want to try a fresh jugo de naranja after seeing all the orange trees around Seville. 

Our go-to breakfast is toast with jamon serrano con tomate. Churros are another popular treat that go perfectly with coffee and chocolate. You really can’t go wrong with either!

One Day in Seville Breakfast

Jamon and Toast

Royal Alcรกzar of Seville

The Royal Alcazar is a must-visit Unesco World Heritage Site if you only have one day in Seville Spain. Yet, to have the best experience, we recommend going first thing in the morning before thousands of travelers descend on the famous palace.

Luckily, we have a great tip for you… You can actually visit the Royal Alcazar of Seville before it opens!

We took a tour called “Alone in the Alcazar,” and it seriously exceeded our expectations (this is the exact tour.) Our small group of ten went in an hour before it opened with an official guide leading us.

Not only did we learn all about the fascinating history of the Alcazar, but we saw it in a way that we didn’t think was possible.  We were completely blown away by the ceramic tiles, unreal architecture, and sprawling gardens on this guided tour.

Also, not having to muscle our way through a crowd of tourists certainly helped us appreciate it more. You can read all about our private tour of the Alcazar here

If you’re going to take a walking tour during your 1 day in Seville, this should be the one! It was such a surreal way to see the royal palace, which is one of the main attractions of the city. 

One Day in Seville Spain Guide

Catedral de Sevilla

After the morning Alcazar tour, you’ll be popping out right outside the Seville Cathedral. However, it will still be a little too early to go inside. We recommend exploring the historic center, grabbing coffee of breakfast if you missed it (Bodega Santa Cruz is great), and wandering down the small narrow streets. 

Around 10:45am the Cathedral of Seville opens up. You can either jump in the queue for tickets, or skip the line and book in advance. 

Know that there are different times that can sell out fast in the busy summer months. It’s best to book as soon as you know your dates, especially if you only have one day in Seville Spain. 

The history of the Seville Cathedral is astonishing, as it was originally built as mosque in 1172. In the 13th century came the Christian conquest of the city.

It was then converted into a church with additions being added on in the centuries that followed. Today, it holds the impressive title of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.

Once you’ve seen the breathtaking bottom level, make the climb up to the bell tower. You should give yourself at least an hour to fully experience this special site.  

1 day in Seville

Lunch in Triana

You’re sure to be hungry after walking up the long ramp to the top of Giralda Tower. We recommend crossing the Guadalquivir River and heading to the neighborhood of Triana. This will be a fun switch up for your one day in Seville if you’ve spent all morning in the historic centre. 

Triana has an interesting history itself, as it was once known as the gypsy quarter. It has been the birthplace of many famous Flamenco artists, and credited for the growth of the popular music and dance. 

The lively streets of Triana are the perfect place to walk around, grab lunch, and maybe even a few tapas! While there are so many great restaurants for local cuisine, some of our favorites are Las Golondrinas, Blanca Paloma, and Alfarerรญa 21 – Casa Montalvรกn.

You can also stop into the Triana market for a snack or a souvenir to take home. On our last visit, we headed down to the Guadalquivir River for a view of the water. We found a nice little restaurant, shared some small plates, rested our feet for a few minutes. 

One Day Seville Spain

Plaza de Espaรฑa

We have one more can’t-miss spot when you’re ready to continue on your one day in Seville! Plaza de Espaรฑa is somewhere you’ve probably seen in pictures before your trip. 

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions and also a great place for photos. It’s a nice 30 minute stroll from Triana, but you can take a public transport or a cheap taxi if you’re short on time. We paid around 6 Euros for an Uber to get to Maria Luisa Park where it’s located.

Plaza de Espana was built for the Ibero-American World’s Fair in 1928. The mix of architectural styles splendidly showcase Spain’s rich history. A waterway circles the center where you can take a boat ride and paddle yourself.

Around the back end, you’ll find tiled murals with 48 of the country’s provincial alcoves. The benches in front of these colorful works of art are a nice spot to sit and take in the views. 

Plaza de Espanฬƒa

Tapas & Flamenco

Don’t worry, we saved the best for last! Your one day in Seville Spain wouldn’t be complete without tapas and a Flamenco show. You can plan your own night, or consider taking a walking food tour that combines both. 

We took the Seville Tapas & Flamenco tour with Devour and had an absolute blast. This was such a great way to hit some of the city’s best tapa bars with music and dancing in between.

After eating and drinking our way around the historical center, we went to a live Flamenco show. Flamenco dancing is almost hypnotizing, and we loved how full of emotion it was. Not to mention, the voices of the singers are unbelievable!

Once the show ended it was back to tapa time. As you’ll see on your own visit, Seville really comes alive at night. For us, one of the best things about traveling is tasting all the local food. 

We had such a good time, we even jumped on a Seville Tapas & History Tour the following night. This one took us to the Jewish quarter, through the historical sites, and of course, more tapas! Below are some of our favorite tapa spots we’ve been to in Seville.

Seville in 1 Day

Where to Eat & Drink in Seville in 1 Day

Bar El Comercio & Bodega Santa Cruz: As we mentioned, these are two great places for breakfast. Just know that you can also go later in the day for a drink and tapa.

La Antigua Bodeguita: Exciting bar across from the bright pink Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador church. 

Hotel Doรฑa Marรญa Sevilla: Want a view of the cathedral at night? This hotel has a popular rooftop bar right in downtown. 

Taberna รlvaro Peregil: You’ll have to squeeze in to get to the bar, but this is a fun stop for a wine or beer.

Bar Casa Morales: One of the most popular tapa bars in all of Seville. Make sure you get here right when it opens to secure a table!

Only One Day In Seville

Restaurant with Clay Wine Barrels

Is One Day In Seville Worth It? 

Yes! After reading our one day in Seville Spain guide, you can see how much there is to do in just 24 hours. Nevertheless, the more time you have the better! Some travelers will have a layover here, or limited time before continuing on to other parts of Andalusia. 

From wandering through Barrio Santa Cruz district to endless tapas and the Real Alcazar, we always have so much fun in Seville! Make sure to check out some of the tours we mentioned with Devour & Walks. 

If it’s your first time in southern Spain, know that there are so many more destinations to experience. You can easily combine Seville with Malaga and the stunning Costa del Sol. Two of our favorite towns we’ve ever been in Spain are in this region called Nerja and Frigiliana

Granada is known for its amazing tapa culture and somewhere we’ve spent a lot of time exploring over the years. The Alhambra Castle is worth going there for in itself! You can even take a quick flight or train to Madrid to see the bustling capital.

Is Seville Spain Worth Visiting

Have any questions about this article or want to share your own one day in Seville Spain itinerary? Leave us a comment below.

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

This experience was made possible in partnership with Walks and Devour Tours. As always, any opinions and recommendations remain our own.

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2 Comments

  1. Gwen
    April 2, 2024 / 9:20 am

    Wow what a through post on Seville! We are headed to Seville later this year and I bookmarked this post so that when I plan in a month or so I can come back here!

    • Brigitte & Jake
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      April 2, 2024 / 12:02 pm

      That’s great! So glad you enjoyed our 1 day in Seville article (-:

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